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A Qatar Airways aircraft taking off from the airport in Kabul on Sept. 9. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images

Around 200 foreigners, including several Americans, left Afghanistan Thursday on a flight from Kabul to Doha, Qatar, according to the AP and the Washington Post.

Why it matters: The Qatar Airways flight was the first mass evacuation of Americans, green card holders and people of other nationalities since the U.S. airlift operation concluded at the end of August.

  • The flight also marked a breakthrough between the U.S. and the Taliban, which have struggled to coordinate flights out of the country for foreigners and Afghans with proper travel documents.
  • People who were given permission to leave also included passport holders from the U.K., Italy, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Canada and Germany, according to the Washington Post.

What they're saying: White House spokeswoman Emily Horne confirmed the flight and said that "the Taliban have been cooperative in facilitating the departure of American citizens and lawful permanent residents on charter flights from HKIA."

  • "We have been working intensely across the U.S. government to ensure the accuracy of the manifest and the safe departure and transit of the aircraft, and today’s safe flight is the result of careful and hard diplomacy and engagement," Horne said.

The big picture: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on the Taliban this week to allow charter flights to leave Afghanistan and said the U.S. is working with the group to extract U.S. citizens and at-risk allies who were left behind after the airlift operation ended.

  • The Taliban has been preventing chartered evacuation flights from leaving Mazar-e-Sharif's airport in northern Afghanistan. Blinken said this week that those flights were delayed because some aboard lacked valid travel documents.
  • White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Sunday that there were still around 100 Americans in Afghanistan.
  • Allied Afghans left behind include longtime U.S. Embassy contractors, Special Immigrant Visas applicants and members of the Afghan military and others.

Go deeper: Afghanistan feeds U.S. immigration crisis

Editor's note: This post has been updated with new details throughout.

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Sep 21, 2021 - World

UN: Taliban nominate new envoy, ask to speak at General Assembly meeting

Afghanistan's current UN ambassador Ghulam Isaczai. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

The United Nations said Tuesday that the Taliban asked to speak at the United Nations General Assembly's meeting this week, AP reports.

Why it matters: The move marks a direct challenge to Afghanistan's currently accredited UN ambassador, Ghulam Isaczai, whom the Taliban said no longer represented Afghanistan.

Special Envoy for Haiti resigns over deportation of migrants and asylum-seekers

Daniel Foote testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on May 26, 2016. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Special Envoy for Haiti on Wednesday resigned from his position, writing in his resignation letter obtained by PBS that he "will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees."

Why it matters: Ambassador Daniel Foote's resignation comes amid heightened anger over the treatment of Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers living in a temporary encampment in Del Rio, Texas — especially after images surfaced of Border Patrol agents whipping at the migrants from horseback.

First-time homebuyers shrink as prices spike

Data: National Association of Realtors; Chart: Axios Visuals

Home sales cooled as prices continued to heat up in August.

Driving the news: The share of first-time existing homebuyers (29%) last month was the smallest in two years, according to new data from the National Association of Realtors.

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